Reader questions OpenCape/CapeNet information

When exactly will this take place? How does one go about getting it?

To the Editor:

In your April 30, 2013 article on CapeNet's progress in providing fiber optic internet access the Cape, you interview director Vortherm, and one particular question on CCCC dropping its support of the fiber network. I was a bit disappointed in Mr. Vortherm's response, which typically read more like double speak than factual information.

Does he mean that CCCC will pay for two providers? Isn't the high cost of Comcast for CCCC the issue? Now he's saying they "strive" to have two providers, as if the cost issue went away. I thought fiber optic is a great improvement over cable both in speed and cost. Mr. Vortherm seems to say its a mere alternative to cable/Comcast, for CCCC and "other organizations".

I have been following the news about CapeNet and OpenCape, and I still don't have a clear notion of what will they offer, specifically. The PR messaging is all wordy doublespeak, cloaked in industry buzz words and technological short-hand. What are they talking about?

Will there be alternative high speed ISP service to small businesses, individuals, in the near future?

How much will that service cost and at what comparative value relative to Comcast?

When exactly will this take place? How does one go about getting it?

You mention the Google prospect, and at this point, I think I would favor their involvement, based on what I've read of their fiber optic introduction. At least we'd get clear, unambiguous answers and practical low cost fast connections that are really available. And, as you say, from an organization large enough to push back at Comcast.

C. Alan Jones
Provincetown, MA

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